Assistant Director, Yale College Annual Giving

Connecticut, United States
17 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
17 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Bargaining Unit
None - Not included in the union (Yale Union Group)

Time Type
Full time

Duration Type

Compensation Grade

Compensation Grade Profile
Development Officer (Ungraded)

Work Location
Central Campus

Worksite Address
157 Church Street
New Haven, CT 06510

Work Week
Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)

Searchable Job Family

Total # of hours to be worked:

Position Focus:

The Assistant Director works as a member of the Yale College annual giving fundraising team to raise unrestricted support for the University through organized and coordinated fundraising efforts.

Essential Duties

  1. Develops revenue and donor goals; develops and implements effective fundraising programs for each assigned class or constituency, including external personal visits, personalized written campaigns, phonathons, social media, direct mail, and email.
  2. Recruits, trains, and manages a substantial group of alumni volunteers; creates communications to large number of volunteers; supervises mass mailings to volunteers; informs volunteers of updated information and deadlines; evaluates individual donor and volunteer needs and provides other personal support. Has the authority to represent the University to alumni donors and volunteers.
  3. Advises, educates, and solicits potential alumni donors through external face-to-face meetings, phone contacts, and written communications.
  4. Monitors, on a weekly basis, annual giving solicitation strategies as well as participation and dollar goals for all supported classes. Identifies opportunities/needs to adjust strategies in order to reach fund raising goals. Implements new and modified strategies as needed.
  5. Continually reviews alumni donor profiles to identify potential top annual donors and determines individual solicitation strategies.
  6. Develops, fosters and maintains positive alumni relations to keep alumni engaged and disposed to give back to the University.
  7. Coordinates special annual programs with a targeted focus.
  8. Plans and attends meetings and events on and off campus.
  9. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree in a related field and two years of direct fundraising, marketing, communications or volunteer management experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Outstanding organizational and interpersonal skills, including attention to detail.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

  • Ability to handle diverse, simultaneous tasks and attend to follow-through.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

  • Highly motivated and energetic, ability to show initiative and work independently.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

  • Outgoing personality and ability to initiate and enjoy direct communication with alumni; customer-service orientation. Professionalism, maturity, and an ability to maintain confidentiality.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Word and Excel and the willingness to learn new online tools and database programs as needed.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

  • Familiarity with fundraising/marketing databases.

Weekend Hours Required?

  • Occasional

Evening Hours Required?

  • Occasional

Drug Screen

  • No

Health Screening

  • No

Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email:


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